Palliative care provides comfort and quality-of-life care for individuals living with life-limiting illness.

Palliative care:

  • Aims to achieve the best quality of life for individuals and their families facing life-limiting or end of life issues
  • Treatment focus is pain and symptom management
  • Seeks to address a person’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs
  • Does not hasten or delay death

Palliative care consultation

The specialized palliative care consult team provides care to individuals and their families, coping with end-of-life issues.

The team addresses physical, emotional and spiritual needs in order to relieve suffering and improve quality of life.

Services can be provided at home, in hospital, at a long-term care facility or in hospice. It can include grief and bereavement counselling, equipment and supplies in the home, and access to a hospice or a palliative complex care unit.

Support is extended to family members.


  • To receive palliative care services, a person:
  • Is 19 years or older
  • Has a life expectancy of less than a year
  • Is experiencing problems associated with a life-limiting illness or facing end-of-life issues
  • Agrees to palliative care services
  • Understands their treatment focuses on quality of life and not prolongation of life

Learn more about our Palliative care services here.